March 7, 2021

How do you go about doubling the size of a city centre? You do it one brick at a time

Pre-cast architectural and structural solutions specialist SCC Design Build will soon begin on-site work as part of an ambitious project which aims to double the size of Leeds city centre.

Holbeck Urban Village is a prime development site located in the heart of South Bank, Leeds.

The area is located amongst ex-locomotive engineering and manufacturing buildings – some dating back to the 18th century – and looks to combine its extensive riverside, rail and textile history with iconic new buildings befitting of a new city quarter.

The ‘urban village’ concept is being used alongside government investment to encourage building developers to create a mix of residential, business and leisure facilities.

A new PRS project is due to be completed on Sweet Street too, which is within the development, in 12 months’ time. SCC Design Build specialises in producing pre-cast concrete solutions and has been working off-site for 12 months to prepare for the commencement of on-site works at the beginning of October, with the client Interserve Construction Ltd.

SCC Design Build will be supplying its products for the construction of hundreds of new apartments, complete with precast balconies and façade.

The scheme is welcome in an area where development recently stalled and new housing was in huge demand. As well as 744 new apartments, plans for the development also include 713 sq. metres of commercial floor space, 263 basement car parking spaces and 352 parking spaces.

Unfortunately, previous planning for the 4.7-acre Sweet Street site never progressed beyond the drawing board due to the recession. However, these plans have now become part of a wider scheme which aims to double the size of Leeds city centre, creating 35,000 new jobs and more than 4,000 new homes.

James Durkan, Commercial Director of SCC Design Build, comments: “There are big plans in store for Leeds city centre and we are proud to be involved in a project that, following careful consideration about its impact on the wider environment and architecture, is set to be incredibly beneficial for the area.

“It’s testament to SCC’s capabilities that we were selected for the project.”

SCC Design Build offer a complete design, manufacture and installation service and build the whole pre-cast concrete solution off-site, enabling them to deliver projects extremely quickly, especially when compared to more traditional methods of construction.

For more information please visit www.sccdbltd.co.uk/